Natalie Murray Beale 


Born in Australia, Natalie Murray Beale is a Professor at the Royal College of Music (London) and Creative Director of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, where she is committed to supporting emerging opera artists, developing new productions and commissioning composers.  A versatile conductor, she moves fluidly between opera, concerts, film and even video game recordings.

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As Guest Conductor, she has directed the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic, the Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Chamber Orchestra of London. Murray Beale has also worked with the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Royal Swedish Opera and Bergen Philharmonic.

She has conducted operas for Theater Bonn, the Croatian National Theatre, the Royal Opera House Mumbai, Opera Holland Park, the Royal College of Music, contemporary opera group Tête-â-tête,  award-winning physical theatre company Circa, and Spitalfields Music Festival. 

Her 2019/2020 season featured engagements with Symphony Nova Scotia, Royal Academy Opera, Ulster Orchestra, Ensemble Contrechamps and L’orchestre de Chambre de Genève. In October she makes her conducting debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 
“Musically the performance is also impressive. The Australian conductor Natalie Murray Beale not only conducted the choir and orchestra with malleable colours, but also brought out the multifaceted intricacies of the score”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
(Theater Bonn / Peter Sellars / John Adams) 

In 2019, her performances of A Flowering Tree by John Adams made Limelight Magazine’s Best Opera  list, she curated and presented the programme ‘Inside Music’ for BBC Radio 3 and also featured on Classic FM’s Full Works Concert Series, live from the Barbican, conducting a world premiere by Joby Talbot. Further achievements include a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for her performances of the new opera We Are Shadows and a BAFTA nomination, music category, for the video game score Alien:Isolation.  Murray Beale was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and was selected the same year by the Dallas Opera for the inaugural Institute for Women Conductors. 

Natalie Murray Beale has assisted world-leading conductors, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ingo Metzmacher and Jérémie Rhorer at Festival Aix-en-Provence, Opéra National de Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees and the Wiener Festwochen. As Chorus Director she has also collaborated with Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Marin Alsop, Daniele Gatti and London Symphony Chorus. She originally trained at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, furthering her studies at the National Opera Studio (London) and with Jorma Panula.

'This strange musical collage should not have worked, but by the end, expertly conducted as it was by Natalie Murray Beale, it proved to be quite gripping.'

Financial Times
(ROH / Katie Mitchell / “A New Dark Age”)

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